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BBPA comments on statutory code consultation

08/01/13


The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has expressed disappointment at today’s decision by the Government to consult on putting the pub Industry Framework Code into statute. Whilst the Association believes that statutory underpinning of recent industry reforms will result in unnecessary red tape and bureaucracy, it does however, welcome the endorsement of the tied house model and the clear distinction drawn between leases and traditional brewery tenancies.


The BBPA believes the industry has made considerable progress in establishing an effective system of self-regulation. There are new codes of practice in place, with discussions with industry partners on version six of the Framework Code, which deals with many commercial issues, now at a very advanced stage.


More opportunities should have been given for these reforms to work. The introduction of the PIRRS and PICA Services, with their low cost arbitration for rent and other complaints against pub company individual codes, has been acknowledged as professional and effective. A Government-appointed adjudicator will be costly, says the BBPA, and the association looks forward to seeing the details of the reduction in other red tape required by the Government’s ‘one in, two out’ rule.


Jonathan Neame, Chairman of the BBPA, comments:


“It is disappointing that self-regulation has not been given a proper chance to work, after all the hard work from the BBPA, ALMR, FLVA, BII, and other industry colleagues on Version Six of the Code of Practice.


“However, today's announcement does at least provide some clarity and certainty over the direction of policy. In the consultation, we will be urging the Government to ensure that any statutory process is light-touch and cost-effective, to protect consumers from bearing the brunt of unreasonable additional costs.


“BBPA members are working continuously to evolve the services and support they give to their licensee partners to ensure that tied houses offer the best investment opportunities in the pub market.


“We hope that pub goers, beer drinkers and all those who are passionate about the future of Britain's pubs will now work with us to lobby the Chancellor for a fairer tax system, to stimulate investment and job growth in our sector so that pubs remain a vibrant hub in our communities for generations to come."


Notes to editors:

The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and own half of Britain’s 50,000 pubs.




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Neil Williams
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